Thursday, December 17, 2015

Joie de Vivre

2015 is coming to an end and I will be concluding it by returning back to work and plumper than I expected.

Haydel's Kringle Cake. When I start seeing these boxes at my father-in-law's, I know Christmas is around the corner. It also serves as a reminder that skinny jeans aren't an option.

My sister and I hang out on Wednesday's and usually sushi is on the menu.  Our lunch dates are our way of bonding and coming up with new ideas.

On most Sunday mornings Shane and I make it a point to walk around the park. Its a nice way to get some fresh air, get the dogs out, and enjoy nature.  I personally enjoy seeing the nutria rats gliding in the water more so than the swans.

Okay, so I do enjoy crude humor and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" is definitely crude and humorous. I decided to watch all 9 seasons on Netflix and finally get caught up. Considering I hate TV, I do not regret my decision!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Recipe: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The name is a mouthful but trust me you will have a mouthful of these cookies once you try them out. What I especially like about these cookies is that they taste healthy and therefore I don't feel like such a gluten after I've had 12 of them in one sitting (do not try that at home).

Yields: 24 cookies

2 cups of oatmeal
2 cups of flour
1 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of ground flax seeds
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of honey
1/4 cup of canola oil
1 stick of butter
3 dollops of peanut butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, slat, flax seeds, cinnamon, and salt. Melt butter, mix with sugar, and add to mixture of dry ingredients.
  3. Whisk in honey, eggs, canola oil and vanilla.
  4. Mix in raisins.
  5. For the next step I definitely recommend using a stand or electric hand mixer... if not you may have better luck using your hands. Slowly add the oatmeal and peanut butter to the mix. Do half a cup of oatmeal followed by a dollop of peanut butter, mix, and repeat til you are out of ingredients. Trust me... it gets super thick!
  6. Use cooking spray to grease baking sheet and add spoonfuls of mix 1/2 an inch apart. These cookies hardly rise. 
  7. Bake for 17-20 minutes. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Gifts $100 & Up

Gifts $100 & Up

  1. Trouve Leather Moto Jacket- $298 Some people think leather jacket and shutter with fear. Well, this jacket has a great balance between edgy and femme that is so hard to come by. I think most women will find a use for it in their wardrobe.
  2. Mini Chevron Diamond Necklace- $365 Who wouldn't like diamonds for Christmas? This 14k rose gold necklace has just the right size diamond chevron. This is a great layering necklace and is also dainty enough to be worn every day.
  3. Kate Spade Scallop Watch- $195 The time of big bulky metal watches is coming to an end. Update her with this cute watch.
  4. 22 Vial Block Spice Set- $180 If she likes to keep organized counter space but her spices in reach- this is a cute quirky answer to her problems. Its easy on the eyes but extremely practical.
  5. Vince "Addie" Sandal- $395 This shoe is every girls answer! You can wear these all year long, they will match everything, and you can wear them with shorts, jeans, and dresses!! Its worth every penny.
  6. Tory Burch Canvas & Leather "Ella" Tote- $295 Does someone you know love to carry around 5 million things or maybe a student who loves fashion? This tote is elegant, spacious, and practical.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Gifts Under $100

Gifts Under $100

  1. Madewell Border Cape Scarf- $79 How fabulous is this idea? I love it. This is a great gift for those of us who like to be chic at a moments notice.
  2. Kate Spade Decanter- $70 If she likes red wine and to entertain... a decanter is a must. This modern looking decanter will be sure to make someone's day.
  3. Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette- $58 This Urban Decay and Gwen Stefani marriage is wonderful. I love this palette because its extremely versatile. I especially love the neutral shades.
  4. Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet eau de parfum- $77 Give her something sweet this Christmas. The scent is nice and romantic.
  5. Geode Bookends- $79 Calling all bookworms or book shelf décor masters! This is a must to have in your library. It's a great accent piece that brings a little bit of outdoors in.
  6. Wine Rack- $88 Most people don't own wine cellars so the next best thing is a wine rack. I especially love this one because its arch gives it a simple elegance which lends itself to more rack space!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Gifts Under $35 for Her

Gifts Under $35 for her

Gifts Under $35 for her by fleurluxe featuring Cost Plus World Market

The next two days I will be featuring gift guides for under $100 and splurges!

  1. Gold Steamless Wine Glasses, Set of 4- $24 For the woman in your life that loves to entertain or sip vino. Stylish glasses will definitely please.
  2. Chenille Throw- $29.99 Know someone who loves nothing more than to snuggle up on the couch or maybe someone who is always cold? This is the perfect gift to keep them comfy.
  3. White Wash Frame- $13 Something I always find special is when someone gifts me a picture in a frame. Find a photo that will evoke a great memory and put in a stylish frame. White wash is huge right now but be sure to think of their home decor before picking a frame out.
  4. The gift of music- approximately $14 Nowadays people are buying music exclusively online so I think there is something nostalgic about having the album artwork in your hands. If you have a big music lover in your life build their collection. You may also want to look into concert DVDs.
  5. Draper James Coaster Set- $35 Calling all Southern girls! This coaster set is so adorable. They are gingham with cute phrases like "Cheers, y'all"

Friday, December 4, 2015

Crustless Broccoli & Gouda Quiche

I love a good quiche so I thought I would share with you one of my favorite, hassle free recipes. What I love about a crustless quiche is that it feels more airy and its a tiny bit healthier.  Feel free to serve this up at your next brunch!

Serves 6
Prep time: 7 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour

4 medium eggs
1/4 cup of chopped onions
1/4 cup of chopped green pepper
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup of shredded gouda
1/2 cup of parmesan
2 cups of broccoli
2 tblspoon of butter
salt & pepper to taste

1. Saute onions and green pepper in 1 tblspoon of butter until fragrant. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Use remaining butter to coat the bottom of pie pan. Add broccoli and sauteed vegetables.
3. In a separate bowl whisk eggs, add both cheeses (leave enough parmesan to top quiche), season with salt and pepper.
4. Pour egg mixture into pie pan, add parmesan on top and put in oven for 40-45 minutes.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Joie De Vivre

I feel like I have so much to be grateful for this holiday season and as cliche as this sounds... time with my loved ones seem to be on the top of my list. It is so great to have my sister back in town, Camila, and loyal friends.

We make it a Sunday custom to watch football at Shane's family's home. We always bring our pups so that they can play with their dogs. Ember approves.

Coffee on the Tchefuncte River. I wish I would've taken a better picture of this site. Madisonville, LA is super cute. The weather was just right and my marshmallow latte at Abita Roasting Company was delicious.

My 10 year old niece is a huge fan of DC Cupcakes and has become an aspiring baker. On Thanksgiving, she decorated cupcakes and I was so proud of her awesome work. I can't even get a good swirl like that! I'm definitely encouraging her to keep the dream alive.

My sister showed me what my nephew wrote at school. It brought a little tear to my eye that he is so thankful that Camila is okay. It's so sweet. I can't wait to show her this when she is old enough to comprehend the sentiment.

Baby smiles! Camila loves to smile and is very expressive with her eyes. I apologize for the blurry picture but I just love how playful she looks. You can almost say she looks mischievous. She's my child so mischief is in her blood. 

Hardee's tacos. I know that sounds disgusting but they have the best fast food tacos and they are only 59 cents! They are my new obsession and I'm sure I will get over it once I give myself an intervention but for now in sweet taco bliss I remain. If your local Hardee's is a Hardee's/Red Burrito give them a try.

Louisiana has such fickle weather but as soon as it was below 60 degrees we pulled out this cute little number. Isn't it adorable? She makes the cutest bear.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Make Up Free

I've been on maternity leave for the past two months and let's just say I've been extremely relaxed. I thought I was going to just jump into heels as soon as I had Camila but I've hardly gotten dressed up. It literally took one month after her birth for Shane and I to go on a date and even then I didn't wear heels. It's freeing.  Day in and day out I go make up free. My skin seems to be more vibrant and I'm somehow starting to be okay with my under eye circles.

My beauty routine consists of face wash and moisturizer. I know part of it is adjusting to being a mother and I'm loving this unexpected perk. Do not get me wrong, I will be back with a full face of make up once I return to work but for now I am happy to share with you that make up doesn't need to be a daily routine.  Take your make up off sometime and love your looks. Look past a blemish here and there and go out fresh faced. Sure, you may die a little when you look in the mirror but the more and more you get used to it the better you will feel about yourself overall. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Joie De Vivre

There is absolutely so much for me to be beyond grateful for and the arrival of our baby girl has been amazing.

1. Camila's hairy little shoulders. This picture was taken during her first week, it has since fallen out but I found myself smiling so much when I would see her hairy little back.

2. Those baby hands! That photo was taken about a week ago but she absolutely loves holding hands and cuddling. Many know that I am not one to be a cuddle bug but with her I just can't stop. How cute are those tiny little digits?

3. Suuuushiii!! So pregnancy definitely limits what type of sushi you can "safely" eat so imagine the moment I took a bite into my take out. It was awesome. It was almost a freeing moment to know that I can basically eat whatever I like now.

4. When Shane and I went on our first date night as parents... I knew I wanted a margarita. No regrets!  We orderd a pitcher and had many laughs.Also, yes I downloaded my pic from Snapchat. 

5. Camila's first Halloween. At first I wasn't going to get her dressed up at all because I figured it would be uncomfortable for her and I didn't plan on taking her anywhere but obviously that changed. My sister's job was having an in office trick o treat and she wanted Camila to meet her coworkers so I ran to Target and found this cute and inexpensive onesie/hat combo. I'm so happy that we ended up doing something!

6. Wine & cheese night. We have a tradition that has gotten a bit fancier over the years (Our first one was ironically done with Arbor Mist and Kraft cubed cheese). Anyway, it was great to get a girl's night that included a run through a tropical like storm, funny music videos, classic anthems, and yumminess.

7. Home cooking. One of the benefits of being on maternity leave is the ability to cook atleast 4-5 nights a week and to have as much time as Camila allows. It's great. I get to plan out meals and  I feel like it's my moment to try Pinterest recipes and get creative. Having said that, casseroles are beyond easy to make and have been a great go to with a newborn. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Cold Weather Must Haves

Cold Weather Must Haves

As we approach the end of October it is time to think about what essentials we will be reaching for the next few months.  These items are not only great go to items but they aren't so basic that you just look plain.

1. OTKs (Over the Knee Boots)- I love the look of a flat OTK paired with a skirt. Don't worry shorties... to pull this off all you need to do is pair it with a short dress.  Another great thing about these long boots is that you get more coverage from the cold weather with out compromising style.

2. Suede Dress- These are popping up everywhere and I just love it. Get a suede dress in a nice chestnut, olive or khaki color so that you can mix and match it with fun booties. Not to mention this is a great day to night dress. 

3. Tweed Structured Pieces- It's all about structured silhouettes. What I love about it is that you not only are warm but, you look so put together because you are wearing something that hugs you in the right places. Definitely think Chanel if you try this trend. You may want to reach for a tweed short, tights, and cozy sweater.

4.  Mixed Medium Accessories- Again, I revisit being less basic. Sure, sure, I will never EVER be tired of plain old gold but throw in some leather, suede, or beads and you have now given your look some more depth.

5. Brown Lipstick- This lovely trend of the 90's has come back to visit us. This time it is not frosted at all and looks lovely. If you are darker skin toned think copper, olive skin tones look for pink undertones, and if you are fair the cooler browns will compliment you nicely.

6. Colorful Tights- I usually always list this as a must during the winter but, it is simply because of how it can dramatically change you.  If you are starting out with adding color via tights grab a pair of burgundy, olive, and navy. If you are weary about color just look for black patterned tights.

7. Casual Trench- I adore the way a trench pulls everything together. Alas, you do not have to get a Superman khaki, floor length one. You can now find a trench in an array of colors and even pair it with a t-shirt and jeans.

8. Color Block Tote- It will not be hard to locate one of these this season. They are literally everywhere. Take the blah out of your usual go to bag by adding some color. Also, look for patchwork accessories these are sure to put some personality into another wise drab look.  

Monday, June 1, 2015

DIY: Simple Gender Reveal

We aren't the most festive people so having a Gender Reveal party just didn't seem like it was in the cards for us.  I personally don't like surprises and a whole event dedicated to surprising me just wasn't going to happen. We also felt that it was something that we should find out together...first.  Anyway, we decided to reveal the gender in a not so cliche way and we brainstormed this cute, simple idea to announce the gender to our families.

What you will need:
Small trinket box
Keepsake (We chose a pink button since we nicknamed our baby Buttons)
Tissue Paper

How to:
1. Put keepsake in the middle of tissue paper.
2. Stuff box so it builds anticipation as they unwrap
3. Cut two ribbons.
4. Wrap ribbon tightly around box however only knot once.
5. Take second ribbon and wrap it perpendicularly to first ribbon and make sure to loop ribbon through the first knot.
6. Knot second ribbon and tighten all knots.
7. Cut ribbons evenly along edge of box.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Joie De Vivre

Yummy tacos avec the Lambert's. My dear friend and her brother are exactly 364 days apart so I had the pleasure of having lunch with them at the Rum House. I'm a sucker for fried plantains and a shrimp taco.

Yummy present from a wonderful girl. I sometimes forget how sweet people can be. I see a lot of crazy people through out the day so to have a random act of kindness for me was so special. It really made my day when my old co-worker popped in to bring me this surprise.

The bump finally appeared 3 weeks ago!  Its a little bigger now and only going to get bigger from here on out.

Sooo.... I love burgers. I truly do. This burger is from Lee's in Metairie. I'm obsessed. I sometimes go here on my lunch break just to get a fix.

I kind have been obsessing about kid's fashion.  I don't love the girl's outfit but how cute are those boy's loafers???  I've been following fashion kids instagram accounts and looking for website to shop at. If you have any recommendations send them my way!

My favorite response meme. As most of you know, I love cats and have adopted hissing for showing displeasure. I'm aware that is weird. Anyway, I find that this picture is the perfect way to show displeasure via text message.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Current Beauty Faves


I am particularly obsessed with the above beauty products at the moment and for great reason!!  Unfortunately, part of the reason is age but I'll get to that in second!

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Polish in Shell We Dance? Love this color. Its so natural yet pretty. If you are over all the loud colors and even the pastel blues and greens- give this a try.  It's a "grown up" color but still so fresh and youthful for those of us in our late 20 somethings.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner I have FINALLY found the holy grail of liquid liner. When I say that this liner stays on all day and does not smudge... it's literally true. I have been so content with this product that I'm telling everyone about it.

Eucerin Original Healing Lotion My skin has been extremely dry lately. I'm talking desert dry- not fun at all. Now part of this problem is pregnancy (I can't seem to drink enough water) and the second part is ageing. As we get older our bodies don't lock in moisture as much. This lotion has been the answer to my prayers. I have never been one to have to lotion up twice a day and I wasn't about to start now. I particularly like it because it doesn't feel too heavy and gets the job done.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer With age comes wrinkles. :(  I have been noticing the laugh lines starting to set in and possible crows feet coming through.  I've been using this product for 2+ years now and I've never been so grateful for it. I also have found that since I've started using it that my skin has a healthier glow to it.

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Maverick This is simply one of my faves because I've been using it daily. Its just a nice wash of color to make you appear done up but effortless.

Bobbi Brown Eye Corrector in Peach Latetly my nights have consisted of me waking up between the hours of 2-4 am to use the potty and then it takes me 45 minutes to fall asleep again. I then wake up at 8 am (latest) to pee again. Long story short, my bags are looking glorious. I'm sure its age a little too but, the lack of sleep is not letting me look so young. Eye corrector is a must these days. I tried Neutrogena's because I heard really great rumblings about it but nothing beats this!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I'm Pregnant

13 Weeks
My first reaction to a positive pregnancy test was nothing like I imagined. My intuition told me that something was different and I just knew I had to be expecting- seeing the positive test just made it sink in more.  I felt a rush of glee over me and then immediately after I was frightened.  I left the bathroom and told Shane the news and I could hear it all over my voice that I was in shock. I'm going to be someone's MOTHER!

I'm starting to type this at 10 weeks pregnant- by the time you read this I will be 15 weeks along.  So far its been a bumpy ride. The first ultrasound was done when I was 6 weeks and I was so surprised to see my little baby's heart beat.  I was speechless to say the least.  I didn't get the wonderful "morning" sickness until about 7 weeks and wow I didn't know that I could vomit so much.  As most of you know, I ADORE food.  These days, food really isn't on the top of my list of things that make me happy.  Other than that, I am seeing a little bump arise from my usually squishy/chubby tummy and I'm always super tired. I keep telling myself that it's all temporary. :) Now at 15 weeks, the vomiting has subsided and I am getting my energy back- my sense of smell is my worst enemy.

We have nicknamed our baby "Buttons"- simply based on the fact that Shane resembled an elderly man when he was just a baby.  This, of course, made me think that our child may look fresh out of the retirement home and I thought of Benjamin Button- hence Buttons.

I'm fixated on making sure that our little baby is set up for success. I'm researching like crazy on everything an anything baby related. I have also been harassing people about their birthing stories. My mother has challenged me to an all natural birth but I'm not as bad ass as she is- so we will see.

 For anyone interested, I will be giving updates via blog.  I also have other posts regarding beauty and fashion on the way. :)  Overall, we feel so blessed to have Buttons on the way.

button's wave.